PSG edge Al-Nassr in a nine-goal thriller
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) defeated Al-Nassr 5-4 in a friendly match that saw Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo face each other for the first time since 2018.
The match, which was held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Al-Nassr’s founding.
PSG took the lead in the 12th minute through Kylian Mbappe, who scored from a Messi assist. Al-Nassr equalized in the 25th minute when Ronaldo headed in a cross from Abdullah Al-Khaibari.
The second half was a goal fest, as PSG scored three more times through Neymar, Messi and Mauro Icardi, while Al-Nassr replied with goals from Nordin Amrabat, Ronaldo and Abderazzak Hamdallah.
The final score was 5-4 in favor of PSG, who held on to their narrow lead despite Al-Nassr’s late surge.
The match was a spectacle for the fans, who witnessed some of the best players in the world showcase their skills and talents. Messi and Ronaldo, who have won 11 Ballon d’Or awards between them, were the main attractions, as they exchanged hugs and smiles before and after the game.
PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino praised both teams for their performance and said he was happy with the result. He also thanked Al-Nassr for their hospitality and congratulated them on their anniversary.
Al-Nassr coach Mano Menezes said he was proud of his players for their fighting spirit and said they gave PSG a tough challenge. He also thanked the fans for their support and said he hoped they enjoyed the game.
The match was also a reunion for some former teammates, such as Messi and Neymar, who played together at Barcelona, and Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos, who played together at Real Madrid.
Both teams fielded strong lineups, with PSG featuring their star-studded attack of Messi, Mbappe and Neymar, and Al-Nassr featuring their new signings of Ronaldo, Amrabat and Hamdallah.
The match was attended by a capacity crowd of 75,000 fans at the King Fahd International Stadium, who created a festive atmosphere with their chants and cheers. The match was also broadcast live to millions of viewers around the world.
The match was part of PSG’s preparations for the upcoming season, where they will aim to win the Champions League for the first time in their history. Al-Nassr, meanwhile, will hope to use the match as a boost for their domestic campaign, where they will seek to reclaim the Saudi Professional League title.
The match was also a charity event, as both teams donated their proceeds to various causes, such as education, health and social welfare. The match was supported by the Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to diversify the economy and promote sports and entertainment in the kingdom.
The match was also a historic event, as it marked the first time that PSG and Al-Nassr played each other in a friendly match. The two teams have met twice before in official competitions, both in the Asian Club Championship in 1991 and 1997, with PSG winning both times.
The match was also a memorable event, as it showcased some of the best moments of football, such as Messi’s sublime free-kick, Ronaldo’s powerful header, Mbappe’s dazzling run and Neymar’s cheeky penalty. The match also had some drama, such as Ramos’ red card, Hamdallah’s missed penalty and Icardi’s late winner.
The match was also a tribute to the legends of the game, as Messi and Ronaldo received standing ovations from the fans when they were substituted in the second half. The two players also exchanged jerseys and embraced each other at the end of the game, showing their mutual respect and admiration.